1. Sony Camcorder: Sony introduced a 4K camcorder which is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand at their CES press conference yesterday. Of interest to filmmakers, Sony announced a collaboration with WeVideo, the leading online video editing company, to make online video editing a reality. Starting in late January, owners of Handycam camcorder models from 2012 through 2013 will be entitled to three free months of access to WeVideo, for access to powerful video editing features including Full HD 1080p export quality; real-time previews, fast rendering; 10GB of cloud storage; and 400 royalty-free audio tracks. Find out more at Sony’s blog.
2. Samsung News: Samsung brought in director Michael Bay as a surprise guest at their CES press session yesterday to talk about their new giant Samsung Ultra HD TVs. Bay flubbed his lines and then walked off stage. Unfortunately for Samsung, the Michael Bay fiasco buried their announcement about content partnerships with Netflix, Comcast, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Amazon and others to bring 4K video to the company’s line of ultra-HD televisions. Read more here.
3. Sony 4K Streaming: Following Samsung, Sony said it would offer 4K streaming from Netflix and YouTube through its smart TVs. They even enlisted Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings for a testimony. “Sony’s Bravia TV is the fastest TV to start up Netflix,” said Hastings.
4. Vimeo: Vimeo has introduced a completely rebuilt video player, which is 50% faster to load and defaults to HTML5, the company announced today. Vimeo has also added filmmaker-friendly features, including in-player transaction support for Vimeo On Demand so that Vimeo PRO members now have the option to sell their work anywhere on the web, not only on Vimeo. Read more here.
5. Fandango: You’ll soon be able to watch a trailer for a movie and then buy tickets on your Samsung Smart TV, via Fandango, the Comcast-owned ticketing service, Variety reports. Samsung will introduce the feature this week at CES and it could be available early this year.